Assyrian Christian Army commander pays honor to fallen American troops

Commander Youkhana prays for the souls of Americans killed in Iraq.
Commander Youkhana prays for the souls of Americans killed in Iraq.

“We are not here to ask for visas. We don’t want to be refugees… Just help us with military support so we can protect ourselves and protect everybody else.”

With tears welling in his eyes,  Emmanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, commander of the Christian Assyrian Army was barely audible as he and his two chief advisors prayed in the language of Christ while paying their respects at Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60. That particular area is the section reserved for US troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.

Horrific wound, but still fighting for Christ.
Horrific wound, but still fighting for Christ by defending women and children.

Flanked by Yosep Betkolia, his political advisor, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, one of his military advisors, the three prayed in Aramaic which is still spoken by Iraq’s Assyrian Christians.

As reported by‘s Edwin Mora, the aged but tall and broad shouldered militia leader was quite emotional as he toured the gardens of stone.

“I want to show appreciation on behalf of the Christian communities in Iraq’s Assyrian Nineveh Plain for the sacrifice that the United States made to liberate our country and for the souls of those soldiers who lost their lives to give Iraqis a good life and democracy,” Cmdr. Youkhana told Breitbart News, as tears ran down his face.

“They died for Nineveh — to liberate Assyria,” he added. “So, I just want to show respect and appreciation for their sacrifice. Really, I am filled with emotion when I see the brave heroes buried in this cemetery. I appreciate all who sacrifice to make a good life and future for other people. It’s an honor to be in the section where those who died and sacrificed for Iraqi freedom are laid to rest. It’s very important to be here.”

The Assyrian version of "For God and Country".
The Assyrian version of “For God and Country.”

The leader of the Christian Assyrian Army, more correctly titled as the Dwekh Nawsha, which means “One who sacrifices,” is in DC with his two lieutenants attempting to convince the Obama Administration to provide weapons and training to fight the ISIS jihadists who have been routinely slaughtering members of the Christian minority.

“I hope we can we can deliver that message to the U.S. government and the American people,” the commander told Breitbart News. “This is a principle of the American nation to give hope to the people who are hopeless and bring freedom to the people who live without freedom and rescue the people who are in need. So this is what we are here for — to show the reality on the ground. We need the support from the U.S. government and from the people to save our Assyrian Christian people in Iraq who are suffering.”

“We didn’t ask for money. We just ask for the training for our soldiers and for support for their family, but we didn’t talk about money,” declared the commander.

The father knows what he's fighting for.
The father knows what he’s fighting for.

“We are not here for money. We are not here to ask for visas. We don’t want to be refugees. We are not here to ask for protection. Just help us with military support so we can protect ourselves and protect everybody else,” he added.

Possibly taking a swipe at the $500 million that Team Obama spent to train “4 or 5” Syrian alleged “moderates,” the militia leaders added, “As much as you’re giving money to all these individuals who are killing each other, why don’t you try to give it to the Assyrians? Anybody who fights just for money will be a failure, but when you give money to individuals who are fighting for their homeland, they’ll be successful.”

As of last Friday, is reporting that Cmdr. Youkhana stated that “U.S. assistance had yet to become a reality. However, he was optimistic that after his recent meetings with U.S. government officials, ‘There’s hope that the help is coming now.'”

Anyone can help the cause of the Assyrian Army through The United Assyrian Appeal foundation where people can donate money to the families of the Assyrian soldiers.